Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview the Taliban had “unfortunately” not formed an inclusive leadership and that Ankara will work with the country’s new rulers if they formed a more encompassing government.
Speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said earlier this week that Russia would be represented at the inauguration by ambassador-level officials, RIA news agency reported.
The Taliban has announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan counter to advice from world powers for an inclusive government.
A US drone strike in Kabul on Sunday caused civilian casualties, according to Afghan officials as well as the Taliban. CENTCOM spokesperson says the US is aware of reports of civilian casualties and is still investigating.
The Taliban in Afghanistan has sought to reassure the international community but UN rights officials are fearful for the safety of thousands of Afghans who have worked on human rights issues as well as women and girls.
Countries are trying to evacuate their citizens and personnel from Afghanistan as thousands of Afghans rush Hamid Karzai airport runway in a bid to catch any flight to flee the country after the Taliban entered the capital.
The speed of the Taliban offensive raises questions of how long the Afghan government forces can stop the militants from reaching Kabul.
The US has called for a ceasefire, accusing Taliban of potential war crimes, but the insurgents are now focused on capturing key provincial capitals after taking control of much of rural Afghanistan.
Herat city is Afghanistan's second provincial capital the Taliban have entered in the last 24 hours. Insurgents entered the capital of the southern province of Helmand a day earlier, and clashes are under way there.
Ankara has offered to deploy troops at Afghanistan's Kabul airport after NATO fully withdraws and has been in talks with the United States for several weeks.
The incident comes a day after the Afghanistan government said it repelled a Taliban assault on the key border crossing with Pakistan amid the militants' sweeping advance.
Thousands of Afghans have left behind escalating violence to seek shelter elsewhere in the country amid ongoing withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
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